As a motion picture art director, I work a lot with graphic artists constructing imitation documents of one kind and another. Perhaps because that is part of my job, I like to look for stylistic cues that give away the nature of a document, without reference to its content. This is an area (at least as it relates to politics) that has not received much attention, although institutions like the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore have fine collections of this material, much of it produced by people who are mentally ill.
In particular, very little has been said about this phenomenon on the internet. This is probably understandable; websites are a relatively recent thing, and some of the relatively well known visual characteristics of the work of the mentally disturbed are eliminated by the template-driven layout of the vast majority of websites. For example, the chaotic writing of the Miz Thang example, or the handwritten political specimen shown below are not really possible on the internet. Well, enough preface, let me dive in with some examples:
This first one is the website of Jeff Rense, an English radio broadcaster and perhaps the world's leading proponent of the "Our leaders are really shape-shifting reptiles from outer space" school of political thought:
Here are a few more examples of the ubiquity of this sort of thing. First, the website of long-time new age guru Alan Watt:
Now, I am not a psychologist, but let me speculate briefly about the antecedents to things like that. Again, I will mainly give examples; I don't consider myself competent to make definitive judgments about such things.
Here are a couple of examples of art produced by certifiably mentally ill people. First, a work from Milton Schwarz, a famous outsider artist:
Let me move on to another form of "outsider art," that which is associated with psychedelic drug use. Here is one example:
Now, I would like to show two examples of the transition of this sort of composition into political writing. These lack the vibrant colors and multiple images of what I have shown above; the first because it is part of a legal filing by a member of a Sovereign Citizen movement, the second because it is a pencil doodle from a meeting, made by a politician who has kindly signed her name to it:
And then there is this:
Well, what, finally, is there to say about this? Does it document, as you might very well argue, the decline of a political movement into mass mental illness? Well, as I said above, I'm not a psychologist, so I won't stick my neck out that far, but I certainly think it is an interesting phenomenon, and I hope you got some amusement out of my bringing it to your attention.
Note: The websites shown above were assembled in Photoshop, using screen captures. This was done to provide enough of each site so you could get a feeling for its character. Nothing about the websites was altered or edited, except for this assemblage. I hardly think this is a problem, but I thought I would make it clear how these images were produced.